Alert issued for Waterloo Region after 3 suspected overdose deaths on Saturday

An overdose alert was issued for the Waterloo area after nine alleged overdose deaths in the first 18 days of December, including three on Saturday.

The warning issued by the Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy (WRIDS) warns that no one has reported a specific color of opioids that users should be careful about.

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WRIDS says the drugs may be stronger than expected or cause unexpected reactions.

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“Hazardous drugs continue to circulate locally, which increases the risk of overdosing,” she warns.

The organization suggests that those who use drugs use the Consumption & Treatment Services (CTS) website at 150 Duke St. W. in downtown Kitchener or use them with someone they trust.

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They also suggest having a naloxone kit on hand in case of an emergency.

There were 87 opioid-related deaths in the region between January 1 and December 6, according to WRIDS, making 2021 the second deadliest year after 2020 at 102.

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